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As 2023 draws to a close, cyber security teams may be looking forward to a well-deserved break before preparing for the year ahead. 

However, the unfortunate truth is that adversaries do not keep to a typical working schedule and may see this downtime as an opportunity to attack. According to recent research by Sophos, payloads are typically being launched outside of business hours, with many threat groups favouring evenings and weekend to launch attacks, and some coordinating attacks to coincide with public holidays. Attackers are spending less time in networks, and are exfiltrating data faster than ever, so cyber security teams must be ready to stop adversaries in their tracks or face the repercussions.  

If teams take their eye off the ball, attackers have a greater chance of infiltrating networks, and once they are in, chances are they will steal data. This is why managed detection and response is an essential part of your security arsenal and why round-the-clock monitoring is needed to ensure adversaries do not take advantage of gaps in visibility. 

The following webinar, supported by Computing research, will look at when adversaries are choosing to strike, and why the holidays may leave organisations vulnerable. It will explore why continuous, proactive monitoring and early detection is essential organisations of all size. And finally, it will look to the year ahead and what organisations should be doing to prepare for future threats. 

John Leonard

John Leonard

Research Director, Computing

John is Research Director at Computing and Delta, where he tracks developments in the IT market and monitors technology choices made by IT leaders.
Ellen Daniel

Ellen Daniel

Commercial technology editor, The Channel Company

Ellen is a commercial technology content editor at The Channel Company where she produces white papers, industry reports, webinars, videos, interviews and articles, as well as conducting audience research. Previously, she worked as a senior reporter at business and technology title Verdict.
John Shier

John Shier

Field CTO, Sophos

John Shier is a Field CTO with more than two decades of cybersecurity experience, 16 of which are with Sophos. John is passionate about protecting consumers and organizations from advanced threats. He’s researched everything from costly ransomware to illicit dark web activity, uncovering insights needed to strengthen proactive cybersecurity defenses. 

John is often consulted by press, and has been quoted in publications like Reuters, WIRED, Fortune, CNN, The Hill, Fast Co, Yahoo, and more. He’s also a frequent speaker at industry events like RSA Conference, Infosec, Cebit, Gitex, Security BSides and more.

Based in Toronto, John is available on Mastodon (@[email protected]) and can be reached via email at [email protected].

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